Everyone, it was a good call and we continue next week.
We coalesced around a list of threads for the work/competitions: Link Improvements, Classifications, Interoperability, Dynamic Views & Far Horizons.
However, through emails after the call the ones who remained towards the end continued and we are now leaning towards using Doug’s notion of a DKR as our focus. If we agree on this then what Jack calls semantic interoperability seems to be a good aim for how we aim to glue these disparate pieces together. Here is a bit of framing for the DKR:
Doug told me he had an epiphany in 1951: Boy, the world is complex, jeez, the problems are getting more complex and urgent and have to be dealt with collectively- we have to deal with them collectively. He would go on to write the seminal Augmenting Human Intellect paper, where he put a stake in the ground. He stated that his mission, what you might call his core principles was to augment human intellect, by which he meant:
Increasing the capability of a knowledge worker to
approach an urgent, complex problem,
and gain more rapid and better comprehension
which result in speedier and better solutions
In his words, from our documentary : These ‘means’ can include many things–all of which appear to be but extensions of means developed and used in the past to help us apply our native sensory, mental, and motor capabilities– and we consider the whole system of a human and his augmentation means as a proper field of research for practical possibilities. It is a very important system to our society, and like most systems its performance can best be improved by considering the whole as a set of interacting components rather than by considering the components in isolation. So the job then became a matter of finding the factors that limit the effectiveness of the individual’s basic information-handling capabilities in meeting the various needs of society for problem solving in its most general sense; and to develop new techniques, procedures, and systems that will better match these basic capabilities to the needs’ problems, and progress of society. This is important, simply because mankind’s problem-solving capability represents possibly the most important resource possessed by a society. The other contenders for first importance are all critically dependent for their development and use upon this resource.
With the augmentation as his aim, he invented a whole ecosystem which later come to refer to as a Dynamic Knowledge Repository, a ‘DKR’, which is concerned with; mental structures, concept structures, process structures and physical structures. The result of this dynamic environment was NLS/Augment where capabilities were developed within and across these structures in order to deliver on the augmentation goals.
Can we, as a group, re-define the DKR for the 21st Century in order to invite others to come and play and invent with us? Can we build and demonstrate the Open Hyperdocument System (OHS) which will power such as DKR I suggest we take Doug’s core principles as our main aim and inspiration from his implementations to catapult us far beyond what we can imagine with our current capabilities.
I have started uploading afresh audio interviews with Doug on the topic, at: http://thefutureoftext.org/engelbart.html where each heading to each recording is a link to an anchor placed on the same line, so that you can cite any of the recordings specifically by copying that link.
If we agree on this then what Jack calls semantic interoperability seems to be a good aim for how we aim to glue these disparate pieces together.
Shall we proceed? Shall we work ourselves and create competitions to build a modern OHS for a DKR?
This is the DKR built using OHS tools as I understood it from Doug. We should probably update the architecture. What suggestions are there in the group?